Guess what, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance took first place at the international box office in a very much surprising way. Now don’t get me wrong, one 1st place won’t turn this into a hit so don’t go all crazy just yet. A very close second was Journey 2: The Mysterious Island while Safe House was 3rd.
About $22 million was enough for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance to claim the top spot. So far the Nicolas Cage crazy superhero sequel has grossed $44.1 million internationally for a worldwide total of $82.6 million. Sony say this new Ghost Rider cost only $57 million so the film should eventually turn a profit and maybe even come close to the $228.7 worldwide of the original, thou frankly that’s a bit of a stretch.
Not a stretch to out-gross its original is Journey 2: The Mysterious Island with another $21.1 million last weekend for no less than $161.8 million internationally and $238.9 million worldwide. Journey to the Center of the Earth made $241.9 million worldwide back in 2008 so it’s safe to say Journey 2 will finish a lot higher. I’m gonna guesstimate around $350 million when all is said and done. Definitely a lot of green for a $79 million flick that critics called “aggressively unambitious” just 3 weeks ago.
Safe House made $13 million that adds to an international total of just $35.9 million. The film still has a lot more markets left so it should finish higher. Worldwide the numbers is $134.3 million mostly thanks to a big $98.4 North American take.
In 4th place we find This Means War with $11.1 million. The spy comedy directed by McG has made $24.9 million so far internationally and $59 million worldwide. Like Safe House, this flick has more than a few big markets left to open.
The 5 time Oscar winner Hugo found his way to 5th place with the help of $8.6 million for $67.6 million internationally. That’s a worldwide total of $137.1 million, a bit disappointing for a film that apparently cost $150 million to make.
The popular French comedy Intouchables turned in $8.4 million last weekend for an absolutely insane $247.8 million internationally. After grossing almost $52 million in Germany, this film is now more than just a French sensation. The Weinstein Company will release the film in North America on May 25th for a limited theatrical run.